Video interview – The Tribute Projects
Video retrieved from youtube.com
Tribute to Sam is an inverse-publishing project that started on May 26th 2011. It honors Samuel M. Steward and all those who overcome suffering with grace, pride and personal confirmation. In their trying journeys, suffering is just another bug on the windshield – finding happiness, their fertile crescent.
Over the last year the tribute’s mission has evolved from being a one-year experiment to a life’s work. At its core, it is dedicated to respecting, preserving and conveying ancient and contemporary traditions of intellectual inquiry – talking, cooking, drawing, writing, fucking, learning, imagining, teaching; living.
So this project is fundamentally like any other learning environment. Though, it slightly differs in a few ways. First, as an inverse publishing project, all pieces remain on tributetosam.com – free – during the creative process. Being an open-forum website, readers can comment on what they read.
Anonymity depends entirely on the commenter. The posted remarks become part of the end product – a series of existential non-fiction picture-books exploring life’s journeys, intersections and destinations – available in hardcopy ($10.00 – $70.00) and e-book ($3.99) formats at online bookstores and this site.
The hard copies preserve ancient and enlightened traditions of print-pressing, writing and language. Contemporarily, e-books offer the same archival value of hardcopies with the versatility of the digital interface. However, unlike a web-blog, the tribute strictly follows English rules of grammar and syntax.
Free website publications offer keener eyes a chance to inspect while also giving those unable to purchase the books a chance to read and participate in the conversation. Learning must never be restricted by the want of something as arbitrary and temporary as money; if anything, it must be free.
The last big way this learning platform differs is in its range of discussion topics; Tribute to Sam inquiries into sex, God and everything in between. These seemingly unrelated belief systems have physical, emotional and intellectual intersections with one another; some beneficial, others more destructive.
These intersections – sex, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, ideology, etc. – help construct personal and social identities. To be able to better understand these daunting concepts of our existence, Tribute to Sam creates a living map with photographs and strings of words.
Please join the conversation; your contribution only enriches it.